PPE Training for Surgical Staff @ RNSH

All surgical staff should be familiar with the RNSH COVID-19 Precautions for Surgery document. The most recent version of which is available on the hospital Intranet.

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NSW Health – COVID-19 resources

For the most recent information from NSW Health see this LINK.

NSLHD COVID-19 Resources

 

NSW Health – Laparoscopy during COVID-19

This evidence check from New South Wales Health dated the 25th of March 2020, asks whether laparoscopy should be avoided and classed as an aerosol procedure in patients at risk of COVID-19.

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Outcomes of patients undergoing surgeries during the incubation period of COVID-19 infection

This retrospective study described the clinical characteristics and outcomes of the patients who were unintentionally scheduled for elective surgeries during the incubation period of COVID-19 infection (1). They found that  44% of patients needed ICU care. The overall mortality rate was 20.5%. A limitation of this study was its small sample size. Nevertheless, it’s findings …

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Cardiovascular Disease and COVID-19 Mortality – Consensus Statement

A consensus statement, endorsed by the CSANZ, ANZSCTS, National Heart Foundation (NHF), and the High Blood Pressure Research Council of Australia (HBPRCA) includes recommendations related to the care of patients with cardiovascular disease and  COVID-19 infection (1)  [see Link]. They conclude that:

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RNSH COVID-19 Technical Guidance on Minimally Invasive Surgery

This document provides guidance on the management of minimally invasive surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is current as of the 31st March 2020 [See LINK].

Personal Protective Equipment

The Clinical Excellence Commission has created COVID-19 specific resources for health professionals in a number of different settings. As the COVID-19 situation is rapidly evolving, these resources for healthcare workers will be updated to meet changing needs [See LINK]. It is important to read the following documents released by the Clinical Excellence Commission on the …

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BOA – Management of patients with urgent orthopaedic conditions and trauma during the coronavirus pandemic

This is a link to information for British Orthopaedic Association members on the management of patients with urgent orthopaedic conditions and trauma during the coronavirus pandemic [See Link].